Troubled times ahead

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Savoring the fluid identity of a friend, freelance writer, an observer and a homemaker It was the first day of February, a bright and considerably warm Sunday morning heralding the beginning of spring. It was the Whatsapp notification noise that startled me at an early hour. Before we proceed, I must explain here that modern parents […]

Dividends of Peace

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The writer is a lawyer and a former diplomat based in Islamabad.   It’s been a long time since Pakistan has been going through crisis after crisis. Right from its birth, it was caught up in a fierce competition between two world powers that were busy placing their pawns on a chessboard that the whole […]

Esta Livio, a story of local alternate-rock success

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The Music Industry in Pakistan has as off late been a mix of generic copies of successful songs with a sprinkling of truly industrious bands, who have tried to find new niches instead of copying the styles of well-established musicians. One of the more promising bands that made their debut in 2014 was ‘Esta Livio’, […]

Inside Khewra

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The Khewra Salt Mines, seated in the Salt Range in Jhelum district, are the oldest in the subcontinent. These also hold the distinction of being Pakistan’s largest and the world’s second largest salt mines, second only to the Sifto Salt Mine in Goderich, Ontario. Operated by the Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation (PMDC), the production of […]

Between Conflict and Cooperation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif (L) during a meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on May 27, 2014. (Photo: IANS)

India-Pakistan relations are a unique mix of historical misgivings, territorial disputes, wars, treaties, diplomatic and trade exchange and kind of people-to-people contact. With respect to each other, both the states have nurtured and manifested hyper-nationalism, which is by and large grounded in religion. Unsurprisingly, the vast body of academic literature does portray a realist nature […]

Keys to Longevity

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In spite of sufferings and hard knocks one has to experience in life, everybody wants to live longer – except, of course, suicide bombers. The bitter phases in life are also laced with sunny days and joys, and that makes life worth living for a longer period. We all know that healthy diet recommended by […]

Putting the blame where it’s due

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A few days back, when the picture of a Pakistani girl riding a bike along her mother trended on social media, I went through different types of comments regarding her. A few appreciated her for breaking a norm, and many criticized her. I became a part of an online discussion where both men and women […]

Legislating ‘takfir’ and combating sectarian violence

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In a recent meeting chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s civil and military leadership unanimously discussed plans to introduce a legislation to ban ‘takfir‘ in order to combat rising sectarian violence – a practice of excommunication, one Muslim declaring another Muslim ‘kafir‘ or an apostate. While the Government’s commitment to the National Action Plan […]

1965 Indo-Pak War: Let’s learn a lesson from history

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“The border remains alive and active due to the frequency of ceasefire violations and infiltration bids by our western neighbor,” said Indian Army Chief, General Dalbir Singh Suhag. “In that context, we are acutely aware that the swift, short nature of future wars is likely to offer limited warning time,” he added. “Our forces crushed […]

The silence over Kasur

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“They told me that they would bury me alive if I told anyone … I thought about killing myself every single day.” These are the words of a 15 year old that keep ringing in my head, adding to the feeling of helplessness that has suddenly swept all over the country, after the lid over […]

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